Narrowboat Aqua Vie for Sale: ex hire boat, only 4 years old, excellently maintained, would make a fabulous family boat. The Betty B bespoke narrowboat: bedroom with cross over bed, mood lighting under gunnels, and hand crafted wardrobes and side shelves. The saloon situated at the stern of the boat with just enough space to accommodate two leather recliners!
The lids of the steps are made out of thick solid oak and are hinged to access more storage space under.
We take the theft of our original work very seriously & would draw to your attention it is protected under UK copyright law. Handover completed and the hirers sent off on their first narrowboat holiday after joining me for a glass of champagne to launch the boat. Job done and no rest as our next shell arrives from Colecraft for a complete fitout and engine installation.
The Isuzu 42hp engine with twin alternators to enable the charging of the battery bank whilst cruising. On Aqua Vie we’re utilising the space underneath the steps for additional wardrobe space.
Above: Single berth cabin, the bed to the right can be moved across to form a double berth if necessary.
The comfortably designed and well-maintained narrowboats come in two versions, the Mole and the Otter.
We have selected these boats to suit the family holiday, the romantic week for two or for that selected group of friends.
The kitchen or galley is fully equipped with a gas cooker, fridge and microwave - The fridge is an under counter type with small freezer compartment.
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Fox is more than adequately powered by a three cylinder Mermaid diesel engine that operates economically, smoothly and quietly. Here the mood lighting creates a relaxed area whilst surrounded by the signature white walls of the oak lining, oak flooring and bespoke media unit.


The Betty B is a 60ft semi cruiser stern, bespoke narrowboat built on a Colecraft shell and fitted out by our highly skilled boat building team here at Aqua Narrowboats. The reverse layout design creates a sociable area at the stern of the boat whilst cruising.
The extending dinette requested by Richard has already proved popular, the bespoke boat build after next will also be having the same style of dinette. The cross bed flap design makes it quick and simple to make up – no more struggling with pulling out extending frames! A large custom made mirror has been fitted to the bulkhead to create a feeling of extra space. The base of each cupboard contains a large storage area – you can just make out the access doors at the bottom of the photo.
Therefore half can be accessed from the rear deck when cruising and the cupboard nearest to the camera can be accessed when inside the boat.
The team have made a fantastic job of the boat, many thanks to both Jordan & Stuart for all their hard work. This is a 57ft semi trad stern with reverse layout, two sets of side doors, pigeon boxes and portholes. As part of the new website we’ve also redesigned our logo which will be used on future advertising, we hope you approve of the new look! I’m actually writing this on the 23rd Feb having uploaded these photos nearly two weeks ago, so there has been a lot more progress since.
As well as the engine and batteries Stuart has also installed all the electrics on board the boat and all the plumbing and heating circuits. Like most battery installations the starter battery is on a separate bank so there is always power to start the engine. Should any water get through top joins the waterproof aqua panel prevents the wood becoming wet and consequently marked.
But typically with boats, nothing ever quite runs to plan… To cut a long story shortly after filling the diesel tank up ready for the first hire, and with only 5 minutes left before our first customers arrived, I discovered a leak from the fuel tank which had left a 4″ deep layer of diesel in the bilge!
Leaving the marina here you can see the boats already picked up a few scratches, a sign of a well used boat!
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The galley has been cleverly fitted with a range of beautiful units and modern appliances, utilising all available space, making this narrowboat an absoulte luxury to cruise and live aboard. We’re already well underway with the fitout on a brand new bespoke narrowboat, updates to follow!


We’ve been very busy with both the boat build as well as carrying out a lot of maintenance and repair work on boats moored within the marina. Just like Jordan he is a meticulus worker and has an eye for detail, even on wiring and plumbing hidden behind boarding!
Therefore they can be left on for a number of hours without the worry of major battery drain – great for children sleeping in this rear cabin. Unfortunately both Colecraft and our Surveyor (+ myself) had missed an unused diesel outlet pipe hidden behind the Webasto which hadn’t been fitted with an Isolation valve. The scuttle has been beautifully hand painted in an authentic narrow boat style including an elegant bouquet of flowers. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. We’ve also been busy planning ahead for the bespoke boat fitout that will take place immediately after Aqua Vie is complete, the Colecraft shell for that build will be with us within the next few weeks. Luckily the leak was temporarily plugged until Colecraft could come out first thing on Sunday morning to permanently rectify the problem.
These can be pulled across and attached the steel cabin sides to enclose the cruiser sterns – ideal for kids and pets.
For ease of carrying, the coal bucket features an ergonomically designed handle that is wonderfully tactile.
Anyway, I spent a couple of hours during this morning working out how to best get her back. We’ve also had vinyl cushions made for the bow locker lids making for comfier seating. The coal scuttle has a scooped edge and side handle to aid filling, and help ensure you have all the coal you need to keep the fire roaring. When the time came she spun in the water with the help of the wind just as I had planned and with a little help from another member of the New Boat crew acting a bit as a human fender she went in first time. But the boat finally left the marina on Sunday morning and a good holiday on the Cauldon Canal has had by all. I suppose everything takes practice.This afternoon after all the fun of toilets and moving Kathlyn I calmed down and installed an accumulator tank next to my waste tank.
The only other issue was discovering a faulty light on the Tecma toilet control panel which was rectified when the boat returned on the following Saturday. BLACK COUNTRY METAL WORKS Amazing Outdoor & Indoor Show Areas Visit our Online Ebay Store for more outstanding products!
I have heard mixed thoughts about accumulator tanks, but they seem to make sense in my head so in it went.



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